Month: August 2016
From the story I am currently working on, about a haunted house:
Mouthwash image by: Erschaffung at German Wikipedia [CC BY-SA 3.0 de (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/de/deed.en), CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0) or GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html)%5D, via Wikimedia Commons
I have decided to challenge myself to join Jade Herriman’s 10 books in 2016 challenge:
I just finished a book that was a bit of a challenge recently, and took me far longer than normal to finish (don’t worry – you’ll hear all about that book later… it will be in the ranting blog post about glass books #foreshadowing). So joining this challenge will be a good way to keep me motivated to keep reading, instead of slacking because the last book I read was somewhat tortuous.
So… what 10 books do I plan to finish before 2016 is finished?
- The Glass-Blowers By Daphne DuMaurier
2. Wintergirls by Laurie Halse Anderson
3. Funny Girl by Nick Hornby
4. The Wicked Boy by Kate Summerscale
5. The Room: A Novel by Jonas Karlsson
6. Odd Girl Out by Elizabeth Jane Howard
7. Off the Page by Jodie Picoult
8. Not My Father’s Son: A Memoir by Alan Cumming
9. The Diver’s Clothes Lie Empty by Vendela Vida
10. L.A. Candy by Lauren Conrad
I will be posting reviews for these books upon completion, as well. Please, stay tuned for future reviews! In addition, if you are tempted to join the 10 Books in 2016 Challenge, please let me know in the comments below! Happy reading. 🙂
I recently received an ARC of The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club by Lynsey James.
This novel is a chick-lit book from the UK, part of a series James writes that occur in Luna Bay. The cover is adorable:
The story, meanwhile? … perhaps too adorable.
The beginning is strong. Good writing, strong and funny protagonist. Emily Reed is having one of those days that snowballs – just when she thinks it can’t get any worse, something worse happens to prove her wrong. The icing on the cake? Family secrets come out that make her question everything, including her identity.
Desperate to escape her office, where a poor salesgirl has trumped her to a promotion by becoming intimate with the boss, Emily escapes to Luna Bay, which offers her some work (because who doesn’t want to work for her crooked boss instead of taking a real vacation?) and the possibility of gaining closure regarding the family secrets that have recently come to light.
Somewhere in the middle, the protagonist turns into a wish-washy mess who constantly has to tell the reader what she’s usually like, because her actions throughout the rest of the novel are going to run counter to these statements.
The love story that weaves throughout much of the novel is first, predictable…
… and then, overly adorable.
The ending, unfortunately, does not redeem the muddling middle.
As I mentioned previously, this book is part of a series. It is possible that the first novel in this series, The Broken Hearts Book Club, is considerably better. I actually haven’t read it, but often, the first book in a series is the best book in a series. But I do not recommend The Sunflower Cottage Breakfast Club.
Have you read either of these novels? What are your thoughts? Please share in the comments!
I was lucky enough to receive an ARC copy of The Light of Paris by Eleanor Brown, and live in an area that is notoriously slow with mail, so was unlucky enough to receive it relatively recently, and thus, be releasing my review of it more than a week after it was released.
As you might have guessed from the title, parts of this novel occur in Paris. Other settings include Chicago and Magnolia, Tennessee.
Madeleine is unhappily married, in her very own way, which involves feeling inadequate, perfunctorily going through the motions of the societal obligations she and her husband have set for her, and pining to hold a paintbrush in her hand. She and her husband hang with the crowd that has too much money and guilts you into throwing up for eating a cookie. But Madeleine isn’t certain that she wants to remain in a loveless marriage in which she’s constantly pretending to be someone else. Is it worth it?
Uncertain if she can forego the luxury of being constantly miserable (and having enough cash to, you know, eat and shit), Madeleine stumbles across her grandmother’s diaries. Written at a time when her grandmother was staying in Paris and making similar decisions herself, Madeleine learns more about her family, her hometown, and herself.
Verdict: It was okay.
Any follow-up to The Weird Sisters has a lot to live up to, and this younger sibling pales in comparison to its’ all-star older sister. It was not a bad book, it was just predictable. Written well enough that I didn’t mind reading it in its’ entirety, this novel is nonetheless predictable and fairly simple. If you are looking for a light read, one that you can take to the beach, and about which you don’t care if it sustains salt water damage, this book might be for you. Otherwise, I recommend sticking to Brown’s debut.
Have you read The Light of Paris? Do you plan to? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!
This week’s This or That:
Lending a book to a friend and having it returned damaged or not returned at all?
I’m going to have to go with option C.
There is a difference between a loan and a gift. When I loan a book out, it is with the understanding that, when the reader is finished, that book will be returned. In a similar condition. Just as, when I am lent a book, I try to take care of that book.
Now, sometimes, shit happens. You get caught in a rainstorm without your umbrella. Your coffee cup refuses to behave and spills all over your table, your carpet, and your borrowed book. Your kid decided the book made a better lunch than that peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Aliens descended from the sky to wreak havoc on the one item you really didn’t want them to mess with: the book you borrowed from your friend.
But when something happens to the book you borrowed from your friend, unless that book is out-of-print and/or nearly impossible to find, you buy your friend a nice new copy of that book.
And if that is either impossible or unfeasible, due to the particular book borrowed and pecuniary or other circumstances, then is there a point in returning it? Probably not. Blush and apologize profusely, and explain what happened to your friend.
Those are my two cents. What are your thoughts? Please let me know in the comments!